Canada is known for many things; cold winters, hockey, friendly people, poutine, maple syrup, jean tuxedos, and, last but certainly not least, cottage country. Heading into nature is something of a Northern tradition, with many summer and winter seasons trademarked by annual trips to the closest lake with family, friends, and loved ones.

Of course, there is no shortage of Great Lakes, parks, and campsites that draw crowds each year, but perhaps none quite as coveted as Muskoka. Nestled in Central Ontario and bordering Algonquin Park, Muskoka is known for its beautiful landscape, clear water, and abundant wildlife. So, it should come as no surprise that this not-so-hidden Ontario treasure has become a widely sought-after camping destination.

Planning a trip to Muskoka in the near future, but not sure what to do? We’ve got you covered.

1. Arrowhead Provincial Park

Whether pitching your tent or just visiting for the day, Arrowhead Provincial Park is a Muskoka must-see. Known for great swimming, hiking, wildlife, fishing, friendly park staff, skating and snowshoe trails, Arrowhead has a little something for everyone.

2. Lions Lookout

Lions Lookout has a view that is definitely worth sharing on Instagram. Perched high on a hill within the city limits, Lions Lookout offers a beautiful view of Huntsville and Ferry Lake, and the surrounding Muskoka woods.

3. Sugarbush Hill Maple Farm

Sugarbush Hill is a renowned maple sugaring operation near the Town of Huntsville offering guided tours into the world of maple. The largest sugarhouse open to the public year-round, Sugarbush is something of a household Muskoka name.

4. Explore the Falls

Muskoka features many waterfalls, but taking a canoe trip to the famous Ragged Falls is especially memorable. The self-guided tour will have you paddling through both lake and river waters, exploring trails at your own pace. Not a fan of canoeing? Check out White’s Falls to go swimming instead.

5. Visit Santa’s Village

An iconic Santa’s Village is open year-round in Muskoka. Offering visitors 60 acres of rides, delicious food, entertainment, petting zoos and, of course, Santa himself, the village is nestled on the bend of the Muskoka River in Bracebridge.